Why Can’t I Search on TikTok?

TikTok’s built-in search function allows you to find trends, users, and topics that you’re interested in, creating a personalised experience…

TikTok’s built-in search function allows you to find trends, users, and topics that you’re interested in, creating a personalised experience which feeds the algorithm and ensures that the platform continues to show you content that will appeal to you.

What all this means, of course, is that when something goes wrong and the search function stops working, it can be really annoying.

Luckily, we’ve created this quick guide to some of the most common reasons why the search function might stop working – with ideas on how best to fix the issue.

Are You Searching for the Wrong Thing?

Before we dive into the most common reasons why TikTok search may not work properly, it’s worth checking that you are using the search function correctly.

TikTok search is not like other social media platforms. This is because in order to find what you are looking for, you need to first enter the search term and then use the different filters to pinpoint relevant users, videos, sounds, shoppable products, or live streams.

So, if you are looking for videos that link back to your search term but keep finding yourself faced with users, then you need to make sure you have the right filter heading selected!

Is Your App up to Date?

When in doubt, switch it off and on again.

That’s the way technology works, right?

The truth is that TikTok is often undergoing updates and changes to the system – and as such, it’s important to make sure that you are accessing the most up to date version when using the search function and other in-app tools.

Is the Account You’re Searching for Banned?

If you’re searching for a specific account but cannot find it, a couple of issues may be at play.

The first is that the account you’re searching for has been banned. The second is that the account you’re searching for has blocked you – that is, the user has blocked you from being able to see their profile and updates.

Either way, this will prevent you from being able to search for and visit a specific profile.

Is Your Internet Working?

This one may be a no brainer, but sometimes a lack of good internet can make searches difficult to complete.

Even if you are able to watch videos on TikTok, a lack of internet can stand in the way of a quick search – with TikTok timing out and leaving you result-free until you find a better connection!

Is the Cache Affecting Your App?

Finally, could it be that your TikTok cache is affecting the way the app works?

Your TikTok cache can sometimes be subject to corruption, which can affect the core functions within your app and user experience.

To fix this, you will need to clear your cache in the app settings.

Whether it’s the fault of you, your device, another user, or TikTok itself, overcoming a lack of search is frustrating – but worthwhile! After all, if you can’t search then what is the point of having so much content available at your fingertips?!

We hope this article helps you to identify any underlying issues within your TikTok and get your search back up and running.